We understand that considering the demands of a graduate degree often includes considering the demands of financing a graduate degree. The School of Natural Resources offers various types of assistantships to qualified students.

Assistantships provide
  • 12 hours of free tuition each semester
    Student fees are not include and responsibility of the student
  • Basic individual student health insurance at a reduced premium
  • Masters program - two years of funding
  • Doctorate program - three years of funding
  • Some options are program specific

Graduate Assistantship Types

  • Nebraska-Sponsored SNR Research/Teaching Assistantships: SNR Research/Teaching Assistantships primarily support the thesis research obligation of the graduate program, but as part of this assistantship you will serve as a teaching assistant for a course for one semester of each year of the assistantship. You may be required to teach a laboratory or an online course, grade papers, develop/present lessons, or supervise students on field trips. To be automatically considered for this funding opportunity, you must submit all application materials by the dates established by the School of Natural Resources Graduate Committee. There usually are 4 assistantships available per year.
  • Research Assistantships: Some faculty members have successfully secured research funds through external funding agencies. These funds may be used to fund research assistants associated with current projects. Candidates who are interested in research assistantships are encouraged to contact applicable faculty directly.

Available University of Nebraska Assistantships & Fellowships

Learning Assistants in SCIL 101 (Science and Decision-making for a Complex World)
Department: Science Literacy
Salary: $1500/semester
Deadline: 5/1/2019

Ph.D. Research Assistships (fate and transport of emerging contaminants (i.e. pesticides and antibiotics) in agroecosystems)
Department: Biological Systems Engineering
Salary: stipend provided
Deadline: 5/30/2019

MS and PhD Assistantships (National Science Foundation Research Traineeship)
Department: Various Departments
Salary: $34,000 - $36,000/year
Deadline: 3/31/2020

Ph.D. Research Assistantship (interdisciplinary research on spatial science and natural resources)
Department: School of Natural Resources
Salary: stipend available
Deadline: 4/27/2019

Available Assistantships & Fellowships (external from University of Nebraska)

Ph.D. Research Assistantships (evaluation of a new natural gas field on the demography of songbirds)
Location: Laramie, Wyoming
Deadline: 5/31/2019


School of Natural Resources related scholarships - For both undergraduate and graduate students

School of Natural Resources related scholarships - For graduate students

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Funding Options

Awards & Grants

SNR Meritorious Graduate Student Award

The awards honor the best SNR students and recognize their academic achievements, research, teaching contributions, leadership accomplishments, service and personal qualifications. Click Here for more information.

Natural Resource Sciences Doctoral Graduate Student Conference Travel Funds

The Natural Resource Sciences Doctoral Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant, granted on a competitive basis, allows advanced Natural Resource Sciences Ph.D. students to travel to professional and scholarly meetings to make professional presentation. Click Here for more information.

IANR Fellowships and Travel Grants

Students whose major is within the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources may be eligible to apply for IANR fellowships and travel grants. More information can be found at

Questions ?

If you have particular questions about our graduate programs, we welcome you to contact:

Patty Swanson

Patty Swanson

SNR Graduate Admissions Coordinator

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Lincoln NE 68583-0921

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